Stadt der Diebe by David Benioff

Stadt der Diebe

byDavid Benioff, Ursula-Maria Mössner

Kobo ebook | October 2, 2009 | German

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Vom erfolgreichen Drehbuchautor zu einem der größten jungen Erzähltalente Amerikas – David Benioff legt mit STADT DER DIEBE ein modernes Meisterwerk vor, einen fesselnden Abenteuerroman und zugleich die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Freundschaft zwischen zwei jungen Männern, die eine irrwitzige Aufgabe zu erfüllen haben: Im belagerten, ausgehungerten Leningrad sollen sie ein Dutzend Eier auftreiben.

Leningrad im Januar 1942: Weil er während der nächtlichen Ausgangssperre die Leiche eines deutschen Soldaten nach Essbarem durchsucht hat, wird der 17-jährige Lew sofort verhaftet – auf Plündern steht die Todesstrafe. Nach endlosen Stunden in einer kargen Gefängniszelle wird er allerdings nicht aufs Schafott, sondern zusammen mit seinem Mithäftling Kolja vor den Geheimdienstchef der Stadt geführt. Der stellt die beiden vor eine schier unlösbare Aufgabe – im Tausch gegen ihr Leben sollen sie innerhalb von sechs Tagen im ausgehungerten Leningrad zwölf Eier für die Hochzeitstorte seiner Tochter auftreiben.

Ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit beginnt, der den schüchternen, introvertierten Lew schicksalhaft an Kolja schweißt – einen schlitzohrigen, charmanten Frauenhelden und notorischen Lügner, der ihm ständig schmerzhaft bewusst macht, dass er selbst so gar nicht zum Abenteurer taugt. Als die beiden die Hoffnung, in Leningrad Eier zu finden, aufgeben müssen, fasst Kolja einen aberwitzigen Plan: Er will sich mit Lew zu einer Geflügelfarm jenseits der feindlichen Linien durchschlagen, in ein Dorf südlich von Leningrad. Ein selbstmörderisches Unterfangen, wären da nicht Koljas Kaltschnäuzigkeit, eine unerschrockene Partisanin namens Vika und Lews Schachtalent …

David Benioff ist der Drehbuchautor von “Drachenläufer“ und „Troja“.

Title:Stadt der DiebeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 2, 2009Publisher:Karl Blessing VerlagLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3641027780

ISBN - 13:9783641027780


Rated 5 out of 5 by from World War II This book has to be one of my favourite world war II historical fiction novels. It had the perfect balance of camaraderie and comedy while never shying away from the appalling circumstances that come with war.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant Poignant, yet not tragic. Considering it's grim setting and disturbing subject matter, this book manages to artfully craft both comedy and drama in a way that the book's tone never seems confused, and its meaning never lost. Probably the best historical fiction I have read in all of 2017. I would recommend this book to those both interested in war history, and in young coming-of-age fiction.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was really charmed by this novel. It is an adventure/quest story that manages to be both harrowing and humorous. Set during the siege of Leningrad during World War II, it is dark and compelling but also heartwarming. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rough Love I bought this book as an impulse, it looked interesting, I had heard from friends I should read it. So I bought it without reading the reviews, or the back of the book and I have never once regretted my decision. I enjoyed reading this book even though parts of it were difficult and unkind. As a historian it was engaging and there were historical truths in there that I was shocked by and appreicated. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Despite the gruesome setting (Leningrad siege during WWII) and the main characters' harrowing experiences, I enjoyed reading this truly adventurous story.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This tale was so compelling and was not afraid to shy away from the horrors committed during the Seige of Leningrad while maintaining a dark but humourous narrative
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent WWII book that's less about the war, more about the boys This book, was a pleasure to read. It was hard to read at times. It was graphic. There was violence, there was extreme poverty and starvation, there were many frank conversations. But it was real. It didn't feel unnecessary, it just felt real. I had never read a WWII book set in Russia, and I really appreciated this new perspective of the war.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I constantly recommend this story both on merits of friendship depicted and expanding people's knowledge of WW2 Leningrad.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from City of Thieves Excellent depiction of civilian life during the Second World War in Russia. Gruesome reality of war.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't miss this one. I enjoyed the lyrical prose as much as the plot, which is possibly what the author intended. I could hear the voices and different accents as I read. This touched my heart as much as, or more so, my mind. The story is finished, the book is read, but the characters are still with me.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book As I was telling my family about this book, I found it had interesting details about the war, details I would have never imagined, but it was all based on what you would think is a simple mission...turned out to be a mission full of events that will stick with you.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Thieves Excellent view of Russia during the war with Germany..
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Has all the trademarks of a grad school writing project. The plot and the language have a studied feel about them
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Has all the trademarks of a grad school writing project. The plot and the language have a studied feel about them
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More please! What a great book! I was engrossed the whole time - couldn't put it down. Love it when a book grabs like that.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An insightful look with missing elements In City of Thieves, the reader is thrust into one of the most devastating and tragic events experienced by humanity – the siege of Leningrad during World War II. Set during the early stages of the siege, the novel follows a casual looter and an accused army deserter as they struggle to find a dozen eggs in besieged Leningrad, which they would exchange for their freedom and their lives. Benioff paints a bittersweet reminder that even in the most serious and devastating of situations, a person can remain resilient and funny. Although the grim realities are always present, it sometimes feels like Benioff shies away from shining too stark a light on the horrors of his setting. And while his writing is solid, it comes short of being truly inspirational, and the plot drives most of this novel. Benioff’s ability to almost seamlessly meander from the humorous to the tragic is what gives City of Thieves its unmistakably Russian overtones.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book! Benioff writes with a magic touch. Even the most violent portions of this book are easy to read, which is a gift few writers have. The book tells the story of two Russian “criminals”, from two very different backgrounds, sent on a strange mission to find a dozen eggs while Germany is invading Russia during WWII. War stories are often used to tell coming-of-age stories….but this book is more than a simple coming-of-age story. It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, love and humour set against the backdrop of notion of how silly people can be during times of war ...especially against one’s own people. I novel set me on an array of emotions, sad one minute to laughing out loud the next. Benioff is a talented writer and I cannot wait for his next novel.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Benioff Does It Again I was hesitant when I first picked up City of Thieves for the simple reason that I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. But because I am such a fan of Benioff and his effortless ability to make you engage with any sort of character I had to try. I was not disappointed. Pardon the overused cliche, but this book had everything a great story should have. One page your laughing and the next you are in shock. This is a coming of age story but because it is rooted in history it offers a unique perspective on the conditions of that time. I found myself at the end of the story feeling very lucky for the freedoms and lifestyle I was born into. The characters in the book are fighting for survival at every turn. Benioff makes the cold of Leningrad come off the page and into your bones. City of Thieves, as only Benioff can, makes the reader consider their own morals. You find yourself thinking would I have what it takes to survive such situations. In many cases the average citizen can only reply ‘no’ but the consideration and imagination that goes into projecting yourself makes the book constantly entertaining. Check out my first published work Defenseless
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking Adventurous and Undeniably Amazing My English Teacher had given me this book to read. Let me start off with this is great. i love the two main character strong friendship over a period of time and i just love it. all the twist of events when you think they finally completed their task they didn't i just loved everything about this book i literally have nothing bad to say i just LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Friendship City of Thieves is a book about two boys, during the German invasion of Russia, whose paths are intertwined. They must face the enemy and the elements on what seems like a suicide mission, just to survive. I found the story to be tragic yet uplifting. The two characters, who seem to be the most unlikely of friends, display a great amount of loyalty and fondness towards one another. The book was comical at times, but really showed you the type of conditions the people of Leningrad lived in during the German invasion. I found myself taken back by the gory details of the story which encompassed elements of extreme violence and situations which often seemed devoid of hope. I kept picturing myself in the same situations wondering if I would have the strength to carry on. The harsh tragedies that the two boys faced were unrelenting but they seemed to always persevere. Koyla, the older of the two boys, provided most of the comical relief, and also provided support for Lev the younger boy. For Lev the tale was a coming of age story, he very much transformed from a boy to a man. Throughout the story Lev has a lot of first experiences, including alcohol and love. The story encompasses a variety of themes including, war, love, tragedy, but for the most part, I think the story was about friendship and true camaraderie. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy books about war, but I find that so often books pertaining to war have friendship and loyalty as one of their central themes.
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good balance of comedy and tragedy This book has all the makings of a coming of age historical foreign movie (makes sense, the author is also a screenwriter). I can actually picture the movie in my head and watching it. It's something I would watch. It's both funny yet certain parts remind me of the horrors of war still thriving within the city. The story is told in the point of view of Lev who's young and stays behind while his mother and sister move away from the city. His father, is most likely dead, as he gets arrested and is never seen again. When he meets Kolya, the charming deserter who seems to have a tale for everything and has to say something every waking moment, they make a comical duo. Lev is very surly at first and is annoyed frequently by Kolya, who doesn't really care what he thinks of him and keeps on going with his little quirks and stories of his various romantic conquests and how he hasn't gone to the bathroom in a very long time. I liked this book because of its' interesting mix of comedy and drama set in a rather serious and sombre setting. Come to think of it, I haven't even read a book set in World War II where there is comedy in it. In fact I think it's quite a rarity, yet this kind of rarity, and written and executed well, makes it a rare gem. I have to admit, I liked Kolya from the start. You could tell he was the comic relief of the duo here. He provided the light hearted side of the story and actually had very funny and interesting things to say. It was hard to like Lev. I don't know what to make of him. Surly, hard to like, easily angered (really all the makings of an angsty teenager) although on the other hand, he knew how to survive on the streets which had made him mature faster while Kolya was more of the child of this twosome. However towards the end of the book where Lev actually does grow up both mentally and physically, I started to rather respect him more as his character developed. As you read through their journey, you start to see their relationship develop and it becomes even brotherly, as Lev asks Kolya for some tips when it comes to romancing the ladies (and other "sports"). Although Lev sort of begrudgingly and even is embarassed by asking him, Kolya acts like a father figure, an elder brother, and a personal friend to Lev (although sometimes it's more like an annoying friend you never asked for) which makes the relationship funny, but also at the same time, very personal because of the various events they went through both life threatening and yet comical. Believe me, those comical parts actually had me laughing out loud at times, the dramatic parts are just that and there's a good balance between the two so you won't be bored reading this novel. The things I didn't like about this book? well for starters, there were some very graphic and gruesome parts that aren't for the squeamish and some parts even made me squirm uncomfortably. Lev rather annoyed me because he wouldn't stop thinking as how Vika would look naked (and those moments increased towards the end of the book) it got annoying and stagnant. One other criticism, what happened to Kolya was rather predictable in the end. I figured that out at least before halfway of the novel. (Which is why I said it had all the makings of a great foreign movie). Despite these faults, I enjoyed reading the book and following these two on their dangerous journey to find eggs. The whole finding eggs bit does make it comical but on the other hand it's mixed so well with the horrors of war that you're left being reminded that it's still there, but that it's okay to sometimes laugh once in a while even when the situation is very bleak. Besides, you have nothing to lose when you're starving, and you're always reminded of death everywhere you turn. Overall a good read if you can get past the graphic parts.
Date published: 2009-11-13